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Origins of Life


What Happens if Perseverance Finds Life on Mars?

As the next most-habitable place in our Solar System beyond Earth, Mars is a major focus of our astrobiological efforts.

The Driest Place on Earth Could Help Predict How Life Might Be Surviving on Mars

In the next few years, Mars will be visited by three new rovers searching for evidence of past and present life.

How life on Earth could help us find life on Mars

Perseverance and ExoMars may not be enough; a life detection mission that can sample Mars directly for signs of life may instead be needed.

Will SpaceX Colonists Find Life On The Red Planet?

SpaceX has set the goal of first sending a cargo mission to Mars in 2022, and following it up with a manned mission in 2024.

Origins of life: new evidence first cells could have formed at the bottom of the ocean

In recent years, many scientists favour hydrothermal vents deep in the ocean as the original source of life on Earth.

Astrobiologist Says Life Could Still Exist on Mars

Some astrobiologists theorise that ancient Mars presented an even more suitable environment for life than the younger version of the Earth.

Did life originate on Earth? It’s becoming more difficult to say ‘yes’

The idea that we are alone in this vast universe looks increasingly unlikely, given recent discoveries here and in space.

The Origin of Life on Earth and the Design of Alternative Life Forms

To understand the origin of life on Earth, we must understand the pathways that lead from chemistry to biology.

Could life have emerged multiple times on Earth, in the universe?

If abiogenesis happened on Earth, and if it happened on neighbouring worlds, there’s no telling how many times it could have happened.

We’ve been wrong about the origins of life for 90 years

Studies add weight to the idea that life arose deep in the ocean within warm, rocky structures called hydrothermal vents.